If you are a resident of the state of Texas, then chances are at some point you have been told that one of the best investments that you can make for your home is a tornado safe room. A safe room is actually not only for tornado purposes, but it is useful to have in the event of tornado. The Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA) states that a safe room is a hardened structure that is designed to provide near-absolute protection in the event of extreme weather events. Near-absolute protection according to FEMA basically means that the room will provide you with a very high probability of being protected from injury or death.
Being that the state of Texas see on average, 155 tornadoes yearly, then tornado shelters DFW is something that would be a great investment; however, a safe room can also provide things other than shelter during a tornado. Unfortunately, crime is on the rise and a safe room would be a great place to hide from an intruder should a home invasion occur. Also, it would be a great place to store valuables on a daily basis in order to protect them from being stolen in the case of a burglary.
Being that a safe room is such an investment, you want to make sure that a safe room that may be used as a tornado shelter has certain features. The first is that if at all possible, the safe room should be installed underground in your home’s basement. If not, then an above ground safe room can be added to your home, but you will want to make sure that it has steel reinforcement to make it as strong as possible. If you want a safe room below ground level, then you also have the option of burying your safe room underground in your back yard; however, this is a more costly option.
After deciding where your safe room will be located, you will want to touch base with a contractor that specializes in the installation of safe rooms and tornado shelters. Such a contractor can verify if you will actually be able to install the safe room where you want it and they will also be able to offer you your different options. Things to consider include the size of room, ventilation options, and safety features. The contractor that you choose will also come to your home and look at specifics in order to get the exact specifications for a unit that will fit your family’s needs.
While installing a safe room in your home may at first seem like a huge investment, look at it as an investment not just in your home, but you are investing in your family’s safety and possibly their lives. Contact a contractor that is local in your area and check out what options they can afford you when it comes to a tornado shelter. Make sure that you ask for specifics and always get pricing estimates in writing before making any final decisions.